Friday, November 16

Tag: hepatitis C

NATURAL COURSE OF HEPATITIS C

HEPATITIS C
In patients with hepatitis C infection, 25-50% clears the infection spontaneously. These are diagnosed by positive anti-HCV antibodies and negative HCV RNA. These patients also have normal liver enzyme levels. More women clear the infection then men. Patients who develop chronic HCV usually have nonspecific symptoms such as malaise and fatigue. On investigation these patients have elevated ALT levels along with positive HCV RNA .These patients may also present with some extra hepatic symptoms and signs such as -diabetes mellitus, rheumatoid arthritis, keratoconjuctivitis sicca, mixed cryoglobulinemia, membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and porphyria cutanea tarda. Many factors have been seen to be associated with the progression of disease and fibrosis of l...

VIRAL HEPATITIS

HEPATITIS
Some viruses attack the liver primarily and they are called hepatitis viruses. The hepatitis viruses are of many types such as types A, B, C, D, E, and G. Commonest amongst these are Hepatitis A, B and Hepatitis caused by B and C viruses may lead to chronic hepatitis. Acute viral hepatitis causes symptoms such as fatigue, fever, listlessness, yellowish colouration of the skin called jaundice dark yellow urine and light-coloured stools. However sometimes acute viral hepatitis may cause very few symptoms .Rarely acute viral hepatitis may cause massive damage to the liver leading to fulminant hepatic failure. In chronic viral hepatitis the symptoms are usually  mild and nonspecific .The most common symptoms might just include chronic fatigue and low grade fever .Chronic viral hepati